From Harford County government:
Many sidewalks not cleared of mid-February snow
(Bel Air, MD) – – Harford County government officials and Harford County Public Schools have one major concern – snow covered sidewalks. Although the historic snowfall that covered Harford County was more than 10 days ago, hundreds of sidewalks in front of businesses and in residential neighborhoods have not yet been shoveled.
“Snow covered sidewalks, whether in front of businesses or in residential developments, is a safety concern for our school system and parents of school children,” stated Harford County Executive David R. Craig. “Sidewalks that have not been cleared of snow force children and others to walk in the street or on roadways, which is unwise and hazardous,” remarked the county executive.
Harford County Government and Harford County Public Schools are asking those responsible for maintaining sidewalks at businesses or private homes, to shovel their sidewalks immediately to help reduce the frequency of pedestrians using streets or roadways for passage.
The Harford County Department of Public Works has no legal authority or responsibility to plow or shovel sidewalks or private driveways. The primary responsibility of maintaining sidewalks clear of snow and ice rests with the property owner.
The historic snowfall which resulted in more than 30 inches of snow in one week earlier this month, cost Harford County Government an estimated $2.5 million in snow and ice removal. Many roads in the county, particularly in northern Harford County, were drifted shut during the storm. Harford County Department of Public Works, Division of Highways personnel, assisted by more than 20 contractors worked for more than a week to help restore Harford County roads to a passable status.
“The last thing we want to see is a student hit by a car because they had to walk in the street due to snow covered sidewalks,” County Executive Craig stated.